Well there has certainly been plenty of variety in my life this week, starting off with Sunday lunch at a local pub with the children, my friend Denise, from my Price is Right days and her partner Steve. The Belvedere Arms has become my new favourite place to eat because the menu truly does cater for vegetarians. Instead of having to have the one veggie dish on the menu or the chef having to cobble together something in haste, there are at least half a dozen options for us to choose from and each one we’ve tried so far has been delicious.
My son Dan is no longer a veggie so he, Denise and Steve had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding which also received the thumbs up! It was a quadruple celebration really: welcoming in the New Year (albeit a couple of weeks late), Sophie’s birthday, Daniel’s new job, and Chris and my 37th anniversary.
Our anniversary is actually on the 19th January and is only marked by the two of us and my mum, who always remembers to send us a card. Chris got me some pretty flowers and I bought him this sign… I’m not joking either! I also bought him this card – pretty scary when you work out how many days there are in thirty seven years! The only thing I couldn’t fill in was the number of jobs I’ve had since we’ve been together. I was always freelance before I joined QVC 21 years ago so it probably runs into the hundreds!
Tuesday was a busy day with a trip to the dentist over in Crystal Palace in the morning followed by the Julian Speroni Testimonial in Croydon that evening. Our journey to the dentist takes us over an hour from where we now live but we have kept the same one we’ve had since we lived in Upper Norwood because he is really good. The timing was perfect too as one of my crowns had fallen off last Friday evening. After the dentist (a clean bill of health I’m pleased to say) we went to Daniel’s flat for lunch and for me to get ready for the do at the Ashcroft Theatre.
There was a great turnout for Julian Speroni who is still a much-loved member of the Crystal Palace team. David ‘kid’ Jensen and I hosted the first half of the night which also saw former teammate James Scowcroft and current teammate Paddy McCarthy join us on stage for some anecdotal stories. It was a bit of a departure from what I am used to on QVC but it was really good to be back on stage at the theatre where coincidentally I was appearing in pantomime 37 years ago when I first met Chris! How’s that for a coincidence?
We didn’t get home until past 1am so Wednesday I was feeling pretty shattered for most of the day before gearing myself up to pack an overnight bag for my stay in London prior to the QVC Beauty Bash. Even though I am officially ‘on holiday’ it’s an event I didn’t want to miss. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet those of you who come to our events and to find out what you like about watching the channel and shopping with us.
It was quite funny at one point as I spotted someone wearing my red Centigrade coat that I pictured on here a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people had very complimentary things to say about us presenters looking better in real life than on TV (we need to speak to the lighting department I think) but my favourite comment was from Sophie, pictured with me here, who was there with her mum. She said she thought I was in my forties… not bad for someone who is sixty next year! I hope that all of you who attended enjoyed it and if you didn’t manage to get tickets this year better luck next time.
Still no house-hunting joy for Sophie but I’m pleased to say that Daniel has a very nice apartment to look forward to moving into next Friday – gosh it is all coming round very quickly. I still haven’t managed to make a start on my new book but I did get in the gym for an hour today with my rainbow maker creating rainbows as the sun streamed in through the windows despite it being -3 outside brrrrr!
Keep warm, enjoy Beauty Weekend and check out next week’s blog as I’m hoping to have a competition for you.